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Old 03-24-2009, 08:25 PM
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Default Sea Fan Algae Cleaning Question....

Can I "wipe" or brush a red sea fan to remove a mild case of algae growth?
A portion of the fan is not opening to feed, I believe due to the algae.
Any info would be appreciated. What is the best way to remove the growth?
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:46 PM
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Fill a 5 gallon bucket with tank water, then shake it in the bucket.

Also, NPS species will only feed under specific flow rates and patterns and on small specific food items... most are VERY difficult to keep.
Old 03-24-2009, 09:26 PM
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I have heard of people taking a very soft tooth brush to it.
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Do you have a picture? I would personally brush off any algae. I would start by shaking it around in some water as Stunreefer suggested. If the algae does not come off I would move on to trying to wipe it off with your fingers. If this doesn't work I would progressively scrub harder with a toothbrush. The algae will likely kill the seafan if you left it on anyways. Once it is removed I would try to reposition it in a bit higher water flow.

If you have problems with nuisance algae throughout the aquarium I would also take steps to reduce it. Also as mentioned by Stunreefer, many species of gorgonian are very difficult/impossible to keep at this time. It may be a lesson in researching before you buy. The only "easy" species of seafan are in the genus Gorgonia which are protected by law from collection. Even these IME can be a bit tricky.
Old 03-25-2009, 10:48 AM
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I have had this for 4 months now, and he has grown, I will shake and brush this evening.. also post a photo tonight if I can. thanks for the help!

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